Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Blago's minority contracting

Chicago Tribune (Dan Mihalopoulos & John Chase; Virginia Groark contributing):
O'Hare vendor called minority front
Top Blagojevich aide owns Panda Express outlets, city charges

City officials alleged Tuesday that a minority contractor at O'Hare International Airport acted as a front for a firm run by Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a top adviser and fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Daley administration moved to revoke the minority-business certification of Crucial Inc. City records indicate that Crucial operates two Panda Express Asian fast-food restaurants at the airport.

City officials identified Jabir Herbert Muhammad, the son of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, as the president of Crucial. But a statement from the city's Department of Procurement Services said the firm actually is "under the management and control of Panda Express, a majority firm."
Where to go with this....

Blagojevich leveraged potential contracts for campaign contributions. I'm shocked!

Does anybody want to discuss set-asides and affirmative action in government contracting?

BTW, Jesse Jackson, Jr. got all righteous when mayor was linked to this type of problem in Chicago. Will he demostrate the same public righteousness about Blagojevich?


Anonymous Ralph said...

No, he's busy right now.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Chicago Tribune(Dan Mihalopoulos & John Chase, Mickey Ciokajlo contributing):

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office declined to directly address allegations Wednesday that a minority contractor at O'Hare International Airport acted as a front for a company tied to an important supporter as well as a member of his Cabinet.

"The only thing I have to say is this doesn't involve the state or the governor," Blagojevich spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson said. "It doesn't have anything to do with the state or the governor."

Yeah, right.

9:32 AM  

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